Love & Orthodontics
Love & Orthodontics
Dr Chris Baker is Past President of the American Orthodontic Society, a pediatric dentist and faculty member of three dental schools. She practices in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Texas, USA. Dr Chris writes about orthodontics, pediatric dentistry and life.
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Find Joy in Doing What Few Others Would
If you are a doctor who loves treating children, you may find incredible joy and transformation of YOU, as well as of patients, in treating without sedation or O.R. THEN, the child AND parent can become greater, more capable, more appreciative and healthier.   Read More
Mediocrity vs. Excellence
Your excellence helps patients and parents with much more than dental and orthodontic health.  Here is how that works.    Read More
Using Orthodontic and Orthopedic Therapies With Child Patients: When & How?
Let's discuss how to determine the needs, if present, in the growing child in primary and/or mixed/transitional dentition.  How to examine?  Is there a need?  And, if so, how to diagnose and plan which therapies would be best for the child.   Read More
‘My 3-Year-Old is Mouth-Breathing. What Do I Do?’
Often, I get questions from parents - including other dentists - about developmental challenges with their own children. This particular question from a dentist-DAD, about a 3-year-old mouth-breathing child, deals with a frequently-encountered developmental problem in small children.   Read More
What Pedo Is Still Missing
The pediatric dentist can do amazing — almost miraculous — life-transforming treatment WHEN he/she  provides outstanding, needed orthodontic and orthopedic treatments.  Here’s where to get  outstanding  orthodontic education. Joy for you and joy for the parents and patients!    Read More
Straight Wire Orthodontics Is Not Enough
Why is Straight Wire Orthodontics NOT enough?   Why do our pre-programmed brackets not give us desired finished results?   Read More
Heart-Brain Communication
To understand the heart-brain connection is to possess a priceless skill when you work with your young patients and their parents.    Read More
The Dehumanizing Effects of Facemasks
During COVID-19, facemasks became common in many places. Humans are social, evolutionarily hard-wired to connect by looking at each others’ faces. Children’s maldevelopment and psychological effects on children and adults of wearing facemasks can be debilitating.   Read More
The 'Hot Rod' of Ortho Courses
Not all orthodontics courses are the same.  Some are super-charged, with lots of power and insight about a subject that deceptively appears to be simple.    Read More
The Sedation of America's Children
The sedation of America's children has been both at-home and, all too often, at the dental office.  This is problematic, wherever it occurs. There is a better way.    Read More
Orthodontics: When the Unexpected Happens
Orthodontics is one area of dentistry where the patient WANTS treatment.  BUT, that can change if unexpected results occur. Here's how to prepare.    Read More
Orthodontic Finishing
Finishing each orthodontic treatment well is crucial, and yet, is still full of challenges. This new course can help the doctor prevent and address the "pickles".     Read More
Realize Your Significance - Especially Now
There are new challenges with your practice. NOW is an important time where you can realize your significance, professionally and personally. Here are some considerations.    Read More
How Ortho Can Make DOCTORS Joyful
I heard from one of my seminar doctors on a case we'd first reviewed four months ago... and this happens.    Read More
'As Within, So Without'
"As Within, So Without' is an ancient phrase that contains a lot of wisdom.  Here's how it transforms the dentist's life.    Read More
Your Ortho Fees and Other Thoughts
During the orthodontic patient conference, the most sensitive subject is often the fee for the treatment. Here are great strategies to consider.   Read More
Greater Ortho Case Success With the Right ERDTC
The smart doctor knows the right ERDTC and orthodontic case success increases dramatically.  Here's how to be that smart doctor.   Read More
Why are ERDTC Essential in Ortho Treatment?
Just what are ERDTC and why are they essential in orthodontics?   The success of your ortho treatment and practice likely relies on these.   Read More
Go Past 1980's Ortho - An Orthodontics Tool for Our Time
Don't be stuck doing 1980's ortho. Your orthodontics cases now can be easier, faster and better -- if using this unique tool.     Read More
What are you doing for YOU?
You create the change that the world needs when you start with yourself.       Read More
Practice Dentistry - Without Back Pain?
Back and neck problems abound with those who work in the dental professions.  Here are resources that worked for me -- with incredible success.   Read More
Fear Not - You're a Dentist
The times, they are a-changin' ... and you've got this.   Read More
Share the Love. Be the Light.
A routine visit to Sam's Club became a great lesson in 'sharing the love and being the light.'     Read More
Dentists Can Stop the Bullying?
A great dentist can help stop the bullying of a child. Here's how.     Read More
Your Fear = Their Money
This unusual time certainly presents challenges for the dentist.  Some people and organizations will profit from your fear.     Read More
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